Christmas Shopping: Prices in Australia and the UK Compared

I’ve written about Christmas shopping before and presented some cost comparisons between our two countries. You can see those posts here:

The first post, as you can probably tell, concentrated on children’s toys, after all, that’s where most of the money goes at Christmas. The second post had a more varied selection of Christmas gifts that I had gleaned from a “Top 10” list.

Toys turned out to be 38% more expensive here in Australia than they were in the UK, but incredibly, in terms of hard yakkas, those same toys worked out slightly cheaper here in Australia.

The second list though, which had a heavy leaning towards gadgets, was way cheaper here in Australia than in the UK.

This year I’m going shopping for a typical family, buying two gifts for a little girl, two for a little boy, and one each for mum and dad.

For the children’s presents I searched for ‘top 10 popular Christmas gifts 2013‘ and came across a website with the top 11 toys your children will want for Christmas 2013. From their list, I arbitrarily selected two boy and two girl presents before checking the prices.

Here’s what I got.

For boys:

Nerf N-Strike Elite Rapidstrike CS-18

Nerf N-Strike Elite Rapidstrike CS-18

  • $60 from Mr Toys
  • £26 from Toys “R” Us

Teksta Robotic Puppy

Teksta Robotic Puppy

  • $215 from Fishpond
  • £70 from Amazon

For girls:

Furby Boom!

Furby Boom!

  • $85 from Big W
  • £55 from Argos

Flying Fairy by Flutterbye

Flying Fairy by Flutterbye

  • $49 from Kmart
  • £30 from Argos

For the ‘him and her’ presents, I simply went for what both myself and Mrs Bobinoz have asked Santa Claus to bring us. For my part, I’m fed up with putting DVDs into my DVD player (six years old now) for it to say “Disc not recognised”.

It’s not a big problem, all I have to do is take the disc out again, shine it up a bit on my T-shirt, blow into the DVD door, put the DVD back into position, press close, cross my fingers, say a little prayer, and then watch the spinning disk image on-screen for a few moments whilst it decides whether it will or it won’t recognise the disc this time.

Do this enough times, and the DVD will eventually play which is interesting because quantum scientists will tell you that if you attempt to walk through a brick wall enough times, eventually you will.

Anyhow, somehow I am thinking there is a better way to play DVDs, so for that reason I chose the following gift…

For him:

Sony BDPS3100 Blu-Ray Player with Built in Wi-Fi

sony blu ray player

  • $128 from JB hi-fi
  • £90 from Amazon

Mrs Bobinoz, for her part, always tends to swoon over those lightweight, aeroplane carry on spinning suitcases whenever we walked past one in the shops. This, in my opinion, is rather unnecessary; she has a very sturdy carry on suitcase that has stood her well for the last 10 years or so.

It’s made out of tough material and yes, it is slightly heavier, but that’s why it has wheels. No matter, I thought it would be a good gift to compare…

For her:

American Tourister Prismo Suitcase Spinner 55cm Small

Prismo Suitcase

  • $149 from Zellows
  • £99 from mychoice

That’s it, our shopping trip is over. What’s the damage?

The cost comparisons:

We have bought six gifts; the total costs for each country have been…

  • Australia – $686
  • UK – £370

With the exchange rate currently sitting at one British pound being worth $1.83 Australian dollars, the UK shopping works out to $677 compared to the $686 it costs here.

Absolutely nothing in it.

Just imagine how much cheaper those gifts would have been here in Australia if it hadn’t been for those boys toys, especially that robotic dog. Why they are so expensive here in Australia, I don’t know.

If we then look at these same prices in terms of hard yakkas, then it’s…

  • Australia – 19 hard yakkas
  • UK – 27 hard yakkas

I’m glad I’m doing my Christmas shopping in Australia.

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